Fans of H. P. Lovecraft's famously malevolent tentacle monster, Cthulu, will love this collection of 27 stories inspired by the influential fantasy creature. Weird, modern, and alien, these tales are among the best examples of the Cthulu Mythos story cycle. Meticulously compiled by Ross E. Lockhart, stories in this volume include contributions from Kage Baker, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Ramsey Campbell, and many more. Somber and menacing performances from Teresa DeBerry and screen and voice actor Fleet Cooper add to the air of mystery and foreboding.
The Cthulhu Mythos is one of the 20th century's most singularly recognizable literary creations. Initially created by H. P. Lovecraft and a group of his amorphous contemporaries (the so-called "Lovecraft Circle"), The Cthulhu Mythos story cycle has taken on a convoluted, cyclopean life of its own. Some of the most prodigious writers of the 20th century, and some of the most astounding writers of the 21st century have planted their seeds in this fertile soil. The Book of Cthulhu harvests the weirdest and most corpulent crop of these modern mythos tales. From weird fiction masters to enigmatic rising stars, The Book of Cthulhu demonstrates how mythos fiction has been a major cultural meme throughout the 20th century, and how this type of story is still salient, and terribly powerful today.
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Copper is amazing, his choppy tone and diction, along with his vocal characterization gives these stories a sense of realism. DeBerry is less driving, but her soft tones provide her readings with a "bedtime story" feel which lends a real sense of creepiness to them. Overall totally worth it, interesting ideas and good narration.
These stories (most) were awesome and Fleet's reading was so creative and powerful I honestly would recommend this to friends as an audio vs hard copy printed/kindle, etc. another review blasted Fleets performance and I couldn't disagree more. In fact I felt Teresa's performance to be the weak link. It felt overly sensual and forced where it didn't need to be.
The best part of this collection however is the collection itself. 90% (imho) of these stories were great and THAT in a collection of shirts is (in my experience) rare.
Lovecraft was great. These authors have had their own successes and take his ideas even higher. I was expecting a tribute book. I wasn't expecting Lovecraft's ideas amped up into overdrive. Well done!
I had previously spent my "Cthulhu reading time" rereading Lovecraft stories but this collection shows how modern authors compliment the original stories.
The performances really add to the richness of the stories. The two readers were excellent.
Great collection of stories. Grim, enticing, mysterious. Some were brutal others more subtle. Overall a fun experience. I'm downloading the second one right now.
The last story, "The men of Porlock" was my favorite! The performance by the reader was flawless. Must hear. Spooky!
I am a huge fan of Lovecraft, and have been for the past 22 years. These stories do a pretty good job of capturing the creepiness of the Elder Gods, and if you are a Lovecraft fan I recommend a physical copy. Teresa DeBerry does a fine job of the few stories she gets to narrate.
The majority of the stories are narrated by Fleet Cooper. Let's list a few of his wonderful tics, shall we?
1. Pronouncing "a" and "the" as if the following word begins with a consonant, even if it doesn't.
2. Sounding annoyed all the time.
3. Performing various "accents" which at best are inadequate, at worst, slightly racist.
4. Mispronouncing the following words: liaison, talisman, intestine, oblong...
There are more. They're not even Lovecraftian mouthfuls like "batrachian" or "gibbous!"
Buy the hard copy.
Fans of Lovecraft will be for the most part pleased. Expect canon typical gore/ violence/sanity bending/sexism and racism. The last two, for those familiar with the original stories, are actually very mild and underplayed.
The performances were Good to Excellent with only one chapter being ultimately unsatisfactory ( it dragged. I skipped it).
If you like Lovecraft, you'll find that this book has been aptly named. It was neat to hear some Lovecraftian cosmic (and sometimes not so cosmic) horror from a different perspective than the prose Lovecraft is known to write in.
There were several good ones in here, and not necessarily by the authors you'd expect to have written the best of them.
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